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Pop Picks Up Rainn Wilson-Produced YouTube Comedy ‘Impress Me’

Pop is adding to its scripted comedy menu by ordering new episodes of the YouTube series “Impress Me,” from Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake banner.

Series created by Ben Shelton stars celebrity impressionists Ross Marquand and Jim Meskimen, who are struggling to transform themselves into dramatic actors. Guest shots in the episodes include Angela Kinsey, Erika Christiansen, Josh Groban, Matt Jones and Weird Al Yankovic.

Pop has picked up six episodes that already aired on Wilson’s SoulPancake YouTube channel, and it has ordered seven more installments. “Impress Me” will bow March 18 in the 10:30 p.m. slot behind Pop’s other new comedy, “Schitt’s Creek.”

Pop prexy Brad Schwartz said “Impress Me” was a good fit with the cable network’s new spin on pop culture-centric programming as it “captures the spirit of celebrity fandom with a ton of heart.”

“This show is about more than two talented celebrity impressionists. It’s about how hard (and hilarious) it can be to follow your heart, even when the cards are stacked against you,” Wilson said. “SoulPancake birthed this baby online, and Pop’s savvy creative team is bold enough to bring it to TV.”

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